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Grateful Dead Live at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium on 1977-05-09

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Grateful Dead Live at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium on 1977-05-09

Topics Live concert

Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Cassidy, Brown Eyed Women, Mexicali Blues, Tennessee Jed, Big River, Peggy-O, Sunrise, The Music Never Stopped Bertha, Good Lovin', Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet-> The Other One-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Comes A Time-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Uncle John's Band

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Location Buffalo, NY

Source Audience Recording: Sony ECM-33Ps
Lineage Sony ECM-33Ps > Nak 550> MAC> R> D> CD
Taped by Steve Maizner
Transferred by


Sony ECM-33Ps > Nak 550>MAC>R>D>CD; Taped by Steve Maizner; via Jack Warner; Seeded to etree by Matt Vernon


Reviewer: rumpled - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2014
Subject: imariteareview
This is truly why I love the Dead so much. My ex-wife turned me on to them many, many moons ago. It's the only thing I still have from that marriage. I could never be more Grateful. Love to all from Rochester, NY..
Reviewer: localloser - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 29, 2012
Subject: Better than Cornell
I used to think Cornell was the ultimate, but that was before I heard this show. So many surprises. Tennessee Jed, Big River, The Music Never Stopped, and so many more. Someone said Franklins Tower was the best ever but I think the Golden Gate Park show in 75 has a better Franklins, but who am I? I never got to see them live.
Reviewer: GetFunkySJB - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 26, 2012
Subject: 77 and 78 dead
My favorite years for the dead are 77 and 78. Jerry is on an out of this world level, Donna Jean beautiful voice accents perfectly. This show has my personal favorite Brown eyed woman, this version is so perfect and full of soul.
Reviewer: JoeShoe - - June 16, 2009
Subject: Better than Cornell?
Everybody seems to be jumping on the " Buffalo is better than Cornell" bandwagon and it's becoming very cliche to do so. While this is one of the best shows of 77, and thats saying alot, it doesnt have the incredible highs of 5-8-77 IMO. The final jam in Fire and the Morning Dew from 5-8-77 are at the absolute apex of GD music, among the top 5 jams EVER! I'm talking up there with the Feelin' Groovy jam from 2-13-70 and the St. Stephen jam from 4-29-71. This Buffalo show has its share of highlights but nothing as jaw dropping as the Fire and AM Dew from Cornell. IMO the highlights of 5-9-77 are very sweet but it still doesnt hold a candle to the blazing pinnacles of 5-8-77.
Reviewer: sbrew - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2009
Subject: far better than cornell
VG recording.

This is a wonderful sparkling show, much better than Cornell, much more consistently 'on' and crackling with energy.

But I guess, once Cornell got talked about, it snowballed and no one wanted to be caught saying that they 'couldn't see the emporer's new clothes'. It's sad that Cornell has become the representative to the GD; a show that keeps non-initiates scratching their heads saying "[other than the 'morning dew'], this sounds really sloppy and uninspired".
Reviewer: jazzdude6 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 17, 2009
Subject: Good Show. Good Sound
I like this one, it has a loose feel and a good Slipknot etc. but the much-lauded Peggy-O is not nearly as good as 05-05-1977, try the two back to back, no contest. Plenty of good stuff here from the classic month of May 1977. My first show was 05-15-1977 in St. Louis and all of the Spring 77 stuff brings up great memories. Headphones anyone?
Reviewer: Amiberlin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2008
Subject: the best
help-slip-franklin, the best ever?
Reviewer: vwtranpsorter78 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2008
Subject: good stuff man
im about 4 minutes in and im already amazed wishing i could of been there had my eyes closed for a while imagining jerry singing and playing just i dunno man good stuff glad to be able to hear it make that 6 now haha
Reviewer: Fin, jr. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 26, 2007
Subject: Favorite show, song, solo
I can't wear it out, I keep loving it more with each listen. Everyone is so sharp. It might even be Donna Jean's best show. The words are not intended to frighten anyone away from this show. She actually sounds sweet and her voice is well-balanced in the mix. It works very well this time.

This is the third Comes a Time in seven shows -- also 5/1/77 and 5/4/77 -- and it again caps a great show in one of the finest periods of the band. So Jerry's solo here is my favorite.

Mere words can't do justice to this show. Please, enjoy!
Reviewer: jake5 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2007
Subject: Wonderful
Still have this tape....somewhere. What a gem. I will say this though. There's a reason 5/21 was plucked for a DP......the put-a-lump-in-your-throat version of Comes a Time.

Reviewer: Gr8ful_ken - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 2, 2007
Subject: My personal fave.
Why don't more people know about this one.

I like this one far better than Cornell.

Help>Slip>Franklin's is downright hypnotic. Tight throughout. Sunshine Daydream is absolutely insane, will make Donna lovers out of Donna haters.

This is a decent AUD, if you like the show, find the SBD elsewhere. (YOU CAN STILL TRADE SOUNDBOARDS WITH THE BAND'S BLESSING, JUST NOT ON THE ARCIVE).

definitely a must have.
Reviewer: SteveOK - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2007
Subject: The Music Never Stopped
Oh my god, The Music Never Stopped gets truly insane towards the end. Done in a way only the Grateful Dead could do. Thank you so much...
Reviewer: ztheday - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2007
Subject: What happened to the SBD?
I used to listen to the SBD version of this show (I'm talking as late as last week). Now it's gone. What happened? Does anyone know?
Reviewer: sunderstorm - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2007
Subject: excellent
Reviewer: jhender501 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2006
Subject: 29 years ago today
What a great stretch of wonderful Grateful Dead music.
Reviewer: mymokidugway - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2006
Subject: gr8fultillwrded
great show! pristine comes a time. that said, an interesting contrast for all those Donna haters out there is the comes a time from 7-17-76. Donna is mysteriously absent yet Jerrys voice has that youthful 76-78 sound. That said, donna sounds great on this[5-9-77]version; as she does in most of the May '77 shows. She must have been able to here herself,plus shes mixed at the perfect level. Not always the case in '72-74
Reviewer: richardcanoli - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2006
Subject: maybe i'm just not very picky...
...but I like this AUD recording. Maybe I'm not picky (some might say i'm not "discerning," but i promise if the sound sucked i'd say so!). the Comes A Time is just ridiculously beautiful. Jerry's solo will blow you away, and there's a section at 8:53 where he and Bob's guitars come together - whoo! it'll give ya goosebumps for sure! it gets me every time...

Much love and gratitude to the folks who put this together and posted it, and thnx to the archive for keeping it in its cradle.
Reviewer: Geoffsky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 29, 2005
Subject: Who Stole My jellybeans ?
We have to find the good ones that are left until this mess gets straightened out. This is a good post pillage concert.

I heard on an interview once, and I think it was one of Garcia's wives who said that people are always seeking that special something and the Grateful Dead provides that "Cookie" as she called it. Today I feel like sombody stole my cookie.
Where did all the music go ?

Dead forever and forever Dead !
If we can't get in the front door we sneak in the back. No one will ever crush the spirit that lived at those concerts. And it was never about the money for those of us that "got it". I'm sure that knowing of the existance of all that music will drive us with the same force that had me hitching from Chicago to Philly with 25 cents, a jar of peanut butter, a jar of jelly and a half a loaf of bread.

We will get by.
Reviewer: Matty Kid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 16, 2005
Subject: One of the Greatest
May 1977 had some of the greatest concerts of all time. This set list is amazing. Opening up with Help On the Way, and playing Comes a Time at the end. Love it, live it.
Reviewer: MrMattyoMan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2004
Subject: My 3rd Dead Show
This show was the 3rd show I went to. The first was the previous fall in Syracus, now found on a Dick's Pick disc, and my second was the previous night at Cornell. At the Cornell show I came to understand what it meant to be a Dead Head while the band burned through an unbelievable Estimated Prophet. Over the years we all have heard how great that show was, but check this one out! It's even hotter. I could care less what format the show is preserved in because I don't have anyway to burn them, but I do appreciate a rightious groove and that's what this show exemplifies! Enjoy!
Reviewer: The Champ! - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2004
Subject: What kind of review is that? Hmmmm?
Hell with that! This is the show that I compare all my live recordings to! If it doesn't meet the standards that this one SETS, it's not good enough for my collection... Hard words eh? Best damn Franklins Tower I ever heard... If I may be wrong, do inform me! I am openminded! Just can't stand reviews that simply put one type of recording over another. Every version I've heard of this show has been the best, SBD/DAT, whatever generation, etc... The 1st set took alot out of these guys, that the 2nd gets off to a questionable start... And simply wins the day by the time you are out of space! Great show!!!
Reviewer: Nate C. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2004
Subject: Nice change from the SBD
If you're used to the SBD of this show, do yourself a favor and check out this AUD version. The quality is amazingly good, in fact I think it rivals the SBD, with the added bonus of feeling like you're in the crowd.
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